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Salamander Lesson Plans--Tennessee

The lesson plans below contain Tennessee curriculum standards that address salamanders found along the Natchez Trace Parkway and the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail.

Primary/Elementary

Kindergarten: KSS--Spotted Salamanders
Summary
: The students will learn that scientists have learned that spotted salamanders protect themselves by having bright spots. They will assemble the parts of a salamander to make a whole salamander.

1st grade: 1SS--Spotted Salamanders
Summary:
The students will learn that salamanders lay eggs, and change shape and go through several growth changes on their way to becoming adults.

2nd grade: 2SS--Spotted Salamanders
Summary:
The students will learn about the life of a salamander by illustrating a book about the spotted salamander.

3rd and 4th grades: EAT--Across the Trace
Summary:
The students will learn about the life and hardships of the life of the spotted salamander and develop a poster to advertise their plight.

5th grade: MAT--Across the Trace (b)
Summary:
The students will learn about the life and hardships of the life of the spotted salamander, write a short report and develop a poster that will advertise their plight.

 

Middle School

6th-8th grades: MAT--Across the Trace (b)
Summary:
The students will earn about the life and hardships of the life of the spotted salamander, write a short report and develop a poster that will advertise their plight.

 

High School

High School: HSS--Population Estimation: Capture, Mark, and Recapture Method
Summary:
Students will learn how to estimate an animal population and evaluate the results when an unnatural event affects that population.

Did You Know?

Emerald Mound, Mississippi

Emerald Mound is the largest Mississippian Period ceremonial mound along the Natchez Trace Parkway, and covers nearly eight acres.